Ayurveda & health : advice and tips

Agni, God of fire and of digestive fire

Agni, god of fire & of digestive fire, pictured sitting on a ram, glowing, with 7 hands and 2 heads Agni is the god of sacrificial fire and of the household, protecting from evil. He is pictured sitting on a ram (traditional sacrificial animal), glowing, with 2 faces, 7 tongues of fire, and golden teeth.

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Ayurvedic health soup recipe

Image for the Health & Ayurveda section by Lourdes with actupondy: Ayurvedic Recipes - Soup DetoxThis detox ayurvedic soup is extremely nourishing, purifies the body. It can be used for a one day diet but be very careful not to abuse of it...

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Ayurvedic Massages

Ayurvedic massages

Different types of Ayurvedic massages, here one example practiced with oilIn Ayurveda, a lot of processes and therapeutic technics exist that primarily aim at eliminating harmful toxins (Ama) from our physical and subtle body so that our being can be balanced again.

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Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda

Dhanvantari, god of Ayurvedic medicine, pictured glowing in lightIn the Vedas and Puranas (Hindu sacred texts), we can find traces of Dhanvantari, avatar of Vishnu, who is both the father and god of Ayurveda. He is pictured as a fourth-arms Vishnu holding medicinal herbs and the cup containing the Amrita, the nectar of revitalization and immortality. According to Hindu mythology, Dhanvantari emerged from the ocean of milk during its "baratement" by the Devas and Asuras (the demons).

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minerals benefits

Ayurveda is a preventive medicine which has many lifestyle practicesOne of the founding texts in Ayurveda is the 'Sushruta Samhita' treatise. Dated back the first millennium of our era, it is made up of 184 chapters, describes 1120 diseases, 700 medicinal plants, 64 mineral based preparations and 57 animal substances based drugs.

Among the various database of Ayurveda and its 8 branches (specialities), one is really fascinating, the RASA SHASTRA. A kind of Vedic alchemy, this practice consists in adding minerals like copper, arsenic, gold or even lead into the Rasayanas.

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The 3 doshas in Ayurveda

Pitta, one of the three vital energies that makes our psychological and physiological constitutionAccording to Ayurveda, everyone is physiologically and psychologically constituted in a specific way, depending on different criteria. Once they're put all together, these criteria give birth to a dominant constitution, which corresponds to the doshas.

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The 6 tastes in Ayurveda, RASA

The different tastes in AyurvedaAyurveda classifies and determines food according to their tastes and qualities, also called RASA.

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The benefits of spices in Ayurveda principles

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Ayurveda puts spices at the heart of its medica and its nutrition. Indian food is using more than twenty sorts of spices and its qualities are even written on 3000 years old papers.

Here is a list of the spices most frequently used in food and in daily care.

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The five elements of Ayurveda

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It is said in Ayurvedic principles that the man is submitted to the same rules and properties as the universe, made of five elements: space, air, earth, fire and water.

Here are the main qualities and properties of these five elements.

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